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Municipal district’s provides uninterrupted services, and remains proactive amidst COVID-19

By MELISSA BILL - | Oct 14, 2020

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The Lehigh Acres Municipal District provides essential services to the area and its employees are classified as essential workers. The district continuous to implement numerous CDC safety protocols to ensure the safety of its workforce and community.

As the pandemic continues, the district recognized the need to do more and coordinated guidance with its labor counsel, safety insurance and following CDC guidelines, has made adjustments to ensure the safety of its works, and thus ensuring essential services and safety to the community.

“We learned in a hurry to take this pandemic very serious. We follow all CDC protocol. Most of our employees don’t come into the building. But if they are in the office, they stay as safe as possible by following CDC guidelines such as wearing masks in the office and social distancing,” District Manager David Lindsay LAMSID said.

According to LAMSID press release, the district has implemented PPE requirements for employees, increased safety protocols, hosted virtual Board of Commissioners meetings, conducted all in person meetings via online, and implemented education programs for its employees.

“For our professional positions, this has meant a telecommuting program to allow work do be monitored and performed remotely — and has been a seamless transition to allow productivity to stay up while reducing exposure potential. For our skilled labor force, this has meant staggered start times, modifications to transportation and improved safety standards. What these modifications mean to the community, is continued essential services at levels they are used to,” Lindsay.

The district also hosted a COVID symposium, which was put together by LAMSID Commissioner/Treasurer Michael Welch.

“The symposium was very informative and provided information on how COVID behaves and what certain terms mean such as herd immunity,” Lindsay said. We will continue to monitor the situation, but are hopeful as rates continue to go down according to the Florida Dept. of Health. The governor did recently extend our virtual meetings until November 1, 2020.”

According to Board Chair Katy Hoover, the District’s Board of Commissioners continues guide the agency in a direction best suited to help the communities in which it serves.

Hoover noted that “the pandemic has pushed agencies to be adaptable to new technologies and new ways of thinking. The Board of Commissioners and Management have been proactive in changing its approach to ensure essential services and safety of both its workers and the community.”

LAMSID not only has made changes in the midst of the pandemic, but is prepared for Hurricane Season.

“We are constantly monitoring storm activity and preparing our stormwater system for heavy rains, as well as continuing regular services,” Lindsay said.

The municipal district also remains busy with its ongoing projects. Its new foot bridge over the Orange River will be complete in a few months.

“The foot bridge will go across the Orange River, so people can go across and are able to walk a total of 900 acres without obstructions. The main reason for the foot bridge is to measure our water flow, but it’s a nice addition to the area,” Lindsay said. “We will try to host a ribbon cutting in the spring if COVID allows us.”

The district’s “Welcome to Lehigh” sign will be going up in the next month as well. The sign will feature a population, which can be adjusted as needed,” Lindsay said.

The Municipal District is a multi-county, multifaceted special district agency that maintains the areas roads and bridges, and stormwater management systems comprised of lakes, canals, and complex monitoring equipment, as well as parks and passive recreation sites.

The next regular Lehigh Acres Municipal Services Improvement District meeting will be held on Oct. 19 at 6 p.m. LAMSID meetings are still held virtual on Zoom.

To join their Zoom meeting visit https://zoom.us/j/7488421838

Meeting ID:  748 842 1838

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